Tabloid

(2010)

Genres: Documentary

Roger's Office: Tabloid

Transcript for Roger's Office: Tabloid

ROGER EBERT:
 "Tabloid" is a story only the strange and brilliant Errol Morris could film. This is Bill Kurtis speaking for Roger Ebert. It's about Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming, she was alleged to have kidnapped an American Mormon missionary in England, handcuffed him to a bed, and made him a sex slave.

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ROGER:
The whole story is a lie, says McKinney, supplying Morris with her perky alternative perspective on the same events.

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ROGER:
Who's telling the truth? I believe Morris doesn't think it matters. It's Joyce McKinney he cares about: How she presents herself, how she copes, who she is to herself, what she does to explain a bizarre and contradictory story.

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ROGER:
With the current scandal involving News of the World, "Tabloid" offers insights into one of the biggest British tabloid stories of the 1970s, and we meet some of the reporters who were on the case.

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ROGER:
What is amazing is that Morris gets Joyce McKinney to talk. And out only her, but others who were involved, all staring directly into the camera and all sounding uncannily as if they're speaking the truth. I've seen "Tabloid" twice. It is a spellbinding enigma, and one of the damnedest films Morris has ever made.

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Thanks so much for that Roger, and you know, Tabloid is a lot of fun, but Joyce McKinney is still not happy with the way her story is being told. She’s going to screenings of the movie, and she’s heckling, and she’s still at the center of attention.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
I didn’t think this was a lot of fun, unlike you and Roger. I actually think this is Errol Morrises weakest film. I didn’t like it that much.